Maine History News…Events…

The Union Historical Society needs help identifying several old photographs from a collection of artifacts donated by the descendants of Nathaniel Robbins. The images will be placed on the society’s Web site, www.midcoast.com/comespring, in hopes that other Robbins descendants will be able to identify them. For details, call 785-5444 or e-mail unionhis@hotmail.com.

Muster and encampment coming to courthouse
“A Fall Back in Time” muster and encampment will be held Saturday and Sunday at the 1761 Pownalborough Court House on the Kennebec River. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Chinese-American site walk offered by historical society
Maine Historical Society is offering a talk and walking tour of the Portland Chinese-American Walking Trail from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Historical Society holding a soup and cider event
North Yarmouth Historical Society is holding a Soup and Cider Day from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town House on Route 9.

Willowbrook harvest event to offer… meal with music
A Harvest Evening at Willowbrook Historic Village will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today featuring a meal of harvest soups, breads and desserts, chilled and mulled hot cider, music by Sebago Saxophone Quintet, a guided Carriage House tour at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation of “Education in the Late 1800s” at 7 p.m. Cost is $25. Advance reservations are appreciated. Call 793-2784.

Wild West beckoned Maine explorers
The Wild West, or what was left of it, still beckoned Mainers a century ago. Since before the Civil War, their brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles and aunts had been packing up and moving there by the thousands in search of the good life. Some had returned, their curiosity satisfied, realizing they could just as easily make a living and raise a family in Maine as in California. Many more stayed, living the rest of their lives in the new land.

Historical Society Meetings:
The Dexter Historical Society will meet on Wednesday, October 15th at 7 PM in the Crawford Conference Room at the Abbott Museum. This will also be the society’s annual meeting, with the election of officers and presentation of the annual report. All are welcome to attend. The Abbott Museum is located at 12 Church Street in Dexter. For more information call 924-5721.

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